The pear is the edible fruit of the pear tree, a tree from the genus Pyrus L., family Rosaceae, and one of the most important fruit trees of temperate regions.
The pear, like the apple, originates from Asia, likely China, and was introduced and spread widely in Europe by Romans and introduced to the rest of the world by European explorers.
The pear is rich in dietary fibers that aid in digestion and prevent constipation. It has vitamin A which promotes healthy eyes and vitamin C, an antioxidant. Mineral-wise, it contains potassium, which is a natural source of energy; phosphorus, which strengthens neurons and the heart; iron, which promotes the formation of hemoglobin in the blood and fights anemia; calcium which helps strengthen teeth and bones; magnesium, which prevents hypertension; and sulfur, which increases resistance against bacteria and promotes elastin.
Pears are best in January when the prices are best. However, pear is available year-round via importation from February to September.
As pears require warm climates to produce fruit and are not as resistant to cold as apple trees, the southern hemisphere is ideal to find them January through December. And thousands of domestic varieties of pear available to try and buy!
Do you know
Pears have a higher concentration of pectin than apples?
Pears are one of the lowest calorie fruits?